CTFF 2023 focuses on environmental themes, climate change

Frances-Anne Solomon

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) is back for its 18th edition, running from September 6th to 22nd in Toronto, On. Founded by acclaimed filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, CTFF spotlights a diverse array of films from new and returning directors, emphasizing cultural connections and shared narratives.

The festival, hosted at the Harbourfront Center, will showcase over 45 films, including 4 world premieres and over 20 Canadian premieres, representing 13 countries. A highlight of CTFF 2023 is its focus on environmental themes, particularly urgent narratives surrounding climate change. Attendees will engage with live screenings, panel discussions, and talkbacks alongside filmmakers and special guests.

Opening night on September 6th features compelling films like “Eden River” (Jack Evans, Belize/USA), nominated for Best Short at Cannes, diving into the tensions between sea turtle poachers in 1961 Central America. Another cinematic gem is “Here Ends the World We’ve Known” (Anne-Sophie Nanki, Guadeloupe, France), captivating both visually and narratively.

“Territory” (Jael Joesph, Canada/Dominica) follows the struggles of the last Kalinago tribe in Dominica, while “Powerlands” (Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso, Colombia/Mexico/Philippines) takes audiences on a global journey, investigating Indigenous displacement and environmental devastation caused by chemical companies.

The festival’s lineup also includes “Diaspora” (H├ęctor Valdez, Dominican Republic), exploring movements and liberation through art and culture in the Caribbean, and a sneak peek of “Iconography: Roy Cape” (Mikhail Neruda Gibbings, T&T), a bio documentary on Trinidad and Tobago’s legendary musician Roy Cape. Notably, the inaugural Hon. Dr Jean Augustine Award will be presented on September 9th.

As CTFF celebrates its 18th year, it continues to champion truth, heroism, creativity, and generosity in storytelling. Frances-Anne Solomon reflects, “Our path is constant and consistent. Each year, our filmmakers remind us of our progress and the work that remains.” Join CTFF 2023 for an enriching cinematic experience that celebrates diverse cultures and crucial environmental narratives.